It’s been a little quiet around here for the past week, because my family has been in California for the book release party of “Inspired Celebrations,” written by Ngoc Nguyen Lay, with recipes by me and photography by Caroline Tran. (The photo above shows drinks featured at the release party that were in the book!) The parties were kind of bittersweet. We’ve been working on this since 2009 and it is now 2012, when the book will be released to the public (you can get it off www.amazon.com). I met Caroline last year when we did the food photo shoot, and I do have to say, the three of us have loads of fun together!
Last Thursday the book premiere party was held at Pandora on Green, in Pasadena, California. The family book premiere party was at S Fine Dining, in Westminster, California. I felt deeply humbled for all the support that we received and saw a lot of people that I haven’t seen in ten years! The week was like a rush of anticipation, excitement, reunions, accomplishment, and love. I didn’t take too many pictures, but you’ll find fantastic images on Caroline’s blog. A highlight of the party was when the video of the story of “Inspired Celebrations” showed. If you have seven minutes, definitely watch it (you may have to refresh your screen to see the link – I did).
And for those of you who haven’t purchased the book yet, you have a chance to win one before the official release date of July 1! I know it’s difficult to make a comment on this thing (you usually have to sign in…so annoying), but I have allowed comments to be posted without signing in to wordpress. For now! Hehe. So, you have until Sunday night, 5pm CST, to post a comment and win a chance to receive your very own copy of “Inspired Celebrations.” I’ll announce the winner on Monday, June 25 (the book will be officially released on July 1, so if I ship it on Monday, you can possibly get it earlier than July 1! Oooh!!).
So tell me in a comment, what inspired celebration have you planned (or are planning/attending) for this year?